E. James Holland and the History of the Symposium
By special action of the Board of Regents of the The Texas State University System in 2003, the ASU Symposium was renamed the “E. James Holland University Symposium on American Values” in honor of the retired Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, who established the annual event in 1984.
During his 36 years at ASU, Holland served the university as Professor of Government and Head of the Government Department, Director of Curriculum Development, Associate VP for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. With degrees from Southwestern University, Yale Divinity School, and The American University in Washington, D.C., Holland was instrumental in developing the university’s international student and faculty exchange program and in establishing new degree programs in international studies, communications, studio arts, and criminal justice.
Dr. Holland is an active member of the San Angelo community, serving as president of Adult Day Care, Concho Educators Federal Credit Union, and United Campus Ministries and as a member of the Ancillary Manpower Planning Board of the Concho Valley Council of Government. He is also active in St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, where he chaired the Administrative Board of the Finance Committee.
Since its inception, the Symposium has brought more than 50 nationally prominent scholars, academicians, and policy-makers to the ASU campus to provoke thought and discussion on a wide range of themes. A collaboration of students, faculty members, and administrators, the Symposium is dedicated to improving the overall academic environment of the University and committed to exploring the national character as expressed in issues related to American values.
The two-day Symposium, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, is the central event in a broader program of related activities, including class visits by the featured presenters, a video production of the Symposium itself, and a creative contest with cash awards for students.